Colombian treasure

Hey guys! Today I want to share with you this amazing collection pieces from a young Colombian designer.

Miguel Mesa Posada is only 19, but he is already creating amazing pieces. He is currently at his fifth semester studying Fashion Design at the Colombian Medellin Tuition and recently just launched his first collection called Potosi.

Potosi means uncountable wealth, and is also the name of the Bolivian city that hosted the richest silver mine in the world during the colonial times .

I am truly amazed with his creativity and capability to work with textiles. It is so inspiring!

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Miguel’s collection speaks of mining excavations as a metaphor of scars, where the ” Geology” covers fibre and healthy mining lacerations of Mixed America. “We are all children , and where the real wealth of our continent is not present in metallic treasures, but in the way we live and work in community.”

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The quilt-like patterns that make up Miguel Mesa Posada’s Potosi collection are made out of recycled fibers. An interesting choice of material, the designer reveals, “I home-dyed over 40 colours of a textile cotton waste and used PET to generate the headpieces.”

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The texture of this collection is built by way of geological strata with unbleached cotton yarn – textile industrial waste warp hand – dyed paper and paper overlaid . In the paper patterns yarns as he placed the body part had wanted color, and then a design drawn lines on paper , I realized assembly. Finally he made holes ( similar to the methods of digging in opencast mining ) that showed the ” fabric ” behind the paper , as a metaphor of mining. Accessories that he built were made ​​from PET fiber having nothing metal and hand were agglomerated .
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Here is a short interview with Miguel:

 

How and when Potasi was born?

Potosi – born in June 2013 , when I went to the Young Artists Workshop , just finishing my third semester of Fashion Design, with the aim of presenting my first collection , along with the other lines of students of the workshop on the catwalk the same name in Colombia Moda .

Potosi-Verde-trendland‘I understand that you are studying , what you hope to do once you finish your studies ?

I will graduate in 2015, and would like to specialize in textiles and craftsmanship of my country.

Where can we find your clothes? Are they for sale?

-Currently working on order, because the garments are constructed manually and complexity makes each piece to fit. You can contact me at miguelmesaposada@gmail.com

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What are your future plans?

I plan to continue to generate reflections on America of which I am the son; speculate how life would have been in my country without the colonization process; how I should live a mixed life; how to prevent last despise Amerindian and produce is locally sourced conceptual pieces with a global speculative stroke.

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I hope that you like his work, as much as I do 😉 Innovative designers like him, needs recognition and support.

Noe

 

 

 

Second-hand clothes and sustainability

Recycling and your favourite clothes are the most sustainable because a long life of each piece of clothing is the best way to a more environmentally friendly wardrobe.

I am working as a volunteer at a second hand charity store called LOOP. The shop is nonprofit and part of the Folkekirkens Nødhælp organization that helps poor people/kids in different countries around the world.

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The name LOOP comes from the recycle concept, where the intention is to get a second life and “another go” for the clothes available in the store.

The shop is for all of you who love recycling – and want to do it the ‘cool way’. At LOOP you can create your own unique look from the stores collection of specially selected, high-quality, designer – and always previously owned – clothes.

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All the pieces are donated, and the variety of the styles, sizes, and brands vary a lot and creates an eclectic universe. The interior design and visual merchandising of the shop are also different from the other stores from the same organization, to highlight that this store is special with its focus on selected pieces of clothes.

The picture above was taking during the process of opening the store.

We are always looking for volunteers who would like to work closely and actively with us. Right now we especially need creative people that wish to work on a up-cycling project, where we will re-design some of the donated pieces, which with a twist or modification can become even more cool, fun, or a completely new design. We believe that this project can be very interesting for those who are interested in purchasing a valuable piece with a lot of thoughts behind.

LOOP is located in the heart of Copenhagen, at Fiolstræde 28. Come by one day when you are in the neighbourhood – I am sure that you will find something and enjoy the atmosphere in the store!

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Recently, the “Green Think Tank” Concito and a report on “Fashion Sustainability in 2013” from the accounting firm Deloitte has mentioned the Nordic record in clothing consumption.

Danes spend on average 35 percent more clothing than the world average, and we have the highest consumption within the Nordic countries. The consumption has also increased by 20 percent since 2000. Every Dane consumes on average 16 kg of clothes per year, corresponding to 16 pairs of trousers or 64 T-shirts. From an environmental perspective we have to consider that production of 16 pairs of pants requires 58,000 liters of water, equal to 1200 showers, and clothing consumption emits more greenhouse gases than our regular residential electricity consumption.

If you are into the recycling and want to take action to make a  change, here are other ways you can do it:

Dress swap -> Resecond in Nørrebro, where you can get a dress for a dress. Resecond do not have customers, but members.
http://resecond.com/

Trendsales is the largest fashion bazaar with the purchase, sale and exchange of brand name and designer goods.
http://www.trendsales.dk

Share Your Closet is an online lending exchange. Here you can upload pictures of your own clothes that you want to share with the community. When it gets loaned out, earn borrow clips that you use to subsequently borrow clothes.
http://www.shareyourcloset.dk

On Swapmok you can find new clothes, but instead of paying with money, you pay with your own or your children’s used clothing.
http://www.swapamok.dk

What about you, what do you think about second-hand stores and re-cycling? Share your thoughts with us!

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Love,
Noe